Canned and fresh pumpkins are both very useful options.
However, canned pumpkin may be slightly better because it’s more nutrient-dense since its fresh counterpart has higher water content.
The second reason why we prefer canned pumpkin is convenience because all it takes is to buy a can, open it, and serve. Canned pumpkin also has a longer shelf life and can be readily available in stores all year round.
Just remember to check the label on the can to ensure that the pumpkin inside comes without additives or spices. Consuming these can upset your dog’s stomach even further.
Now, if you have some fresh pumpkin on hand, go ahead and start cooking!
The simplest ways to prepare fresh pumpkin for a dog are by roasting it in the oven for 45-50 minutes or boiling it for 20-30 minutes in a pot.
It’s important to keep in mind that canned pumpkin pie is not an option for a dog with diarrhea. The reason behind this is that it contains spice and could have a sweetener such as Xylitol, which is very toxic for dogs.
Needless to say, don’t let your dog have a taste of your pumpkin spice latte, as coffee is bad for dogs in general. It’s a diuretic, and losing water is the last thing we want when treating diarrhea!